The coal ministry has identified five coal mines for allocation to state-owned power utilities in an effort to smoothen power supply to consumers, a senior ministry official told ET.The blocks, which have a total geological reserve of around 1,400 million tonne, are in Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh.
“We received the minister’s approval two-three days back. Now, we will put up the coal mines for allotment in around two weeks. State utilities can then apply for those,” the offic the official said.
He said the allotment of these mines in not restricted to states that have signed for Ujjwal Discom Assurance Yojana or Uday, a power distribution revival scheme launched by the Centre.The allotment of coal blocks holds importance as power and coal minister Piyush Goyal has time and again talked about the government’s commitment to provide 24×7 power across India by 2019.